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City staffers will review the request before the ordinance goes before the full council, probably in August if there are no significant changes. Rembulat said with those exemptions, he would be fine with the new rules. He said he pedals in the street 90% of the time and only goes on sidewalks when it’s safer, like when a light-rail train is behind him and he’s carrying small children. Elizabeth Wong Fontana, who owns Sacramento King Pedicabs, says she hasn’t had any close calls in her two years operating here. She argues that the rules should be based on the particular street, pointing out that K Street—where she does most of her trips between Golden 1 and the Crest Theatre—has long stretches of wide sidewalks, while light-rail trains and Uber and Lyft cars often clog the street. “Where do they think we should go?” she asked.
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There are certainly pluses to pedicabs. They’re another option for short trips. They’re human powered, so don’t add to greenhouse gases. And the drivers can be good ambassadors for Sacramento. But a serious crash is the last thing the city or pedicab companies should want. That means they have to figure out rules that protect pedestrians, but also keep pedicab drivers and passengers safe. Ω
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When Jeff Rembulat saw pedicabs in the Gaslamp Quarter while visiting downtown San Diego, he had an idea: With the new Golden 1 Center about to open, they could catch on in downtown Sacramento, too. So after retiring from 30 years in construction, he started River City Rickshaw in September 2015. Now, he owns nine pedicabs and is seeking mobile advertising, where he says the real money is. But he’s pedaling into a potential roadblock at City Hall. There apparently have been enough close calls between pedicabs and pedestrians that city officials believe there ought to be a law. Under a proposed ordinance approved by the City Council’s Law and Legislation Committee on June 4, pedicabs would be banned from traveling or parking on sidewalks and would be required to make way for pedestrians on any public way, including multi-use trails. Pedicabs have not received as much attention as shared bikes and electric scooters as Sacramento expands personal transportation choices. And while pedicabs are nowhere near as prevalent here as in more popular tourist destinations, the number with official city permits has risen from just one in 2014 to 26 in 2019. They also tend to concentrate in downtown and Midtown when sidewalks are the most crowded—on weekend nights and before and after concerts and other events. Most sidewalks in the central city are 8 feet wide, and pedicabs are more than 4 feet wide. So pedestrians can be forced to dodge them, especially when trees, tables and other obstacles are in the way. Officials are particularly concerned about those with disabilities. Pedicabs weigh about 150 pounds empty, so with a driver and two passengers—a couple of average weight—that’s 700 pounds or more of metal and flesh coming down the sidewalk. Councilman Steve Hansen said there’s no reason for pedicabs to be on sidewalks when they can fit in standard 5-foot-wide bike lanes. But he cautioned that enforcement will be difficult because “we don’t have the staff to chase people around.” In a letter to the city, pedicab operators said there are only a few “bad actors.” They asked that certain sidewalks be exempted from the ban, including those along light-rail lines (K Street between 7th and 12th) and those on marked bike routes (N and L streets between 10th and 15th).
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Toby Boyd, who taught kindergarten in the Elk Grove Unified School District, became president of the California Teachers Association on June 26.
below top-ranked Vermont. While Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget has prioritized education, it’s still not nearly enough to close that gap. CTA is also leading the way to counter the waste, fraud and abuse that has poisoned our charter school process. California public schools still face threats from school privatizers and others who put profits before kids. The rapid and unregulated growth of corporate charter schools has devastated some school districts and led to widespread abuse. In May, one prominent Los Angeles charter school operator was sentenced to 30 months in prison for misspending $3.2 million in public funds, much of that on expensive clothing and luxury hotel stays. That same month, 11 leaders of online charter A3 Education were indicted for scamming $80 million meant for students, with some of that money being used to buy a luxury home in San Juan Capistrano. One A3 co-founder faces more than 40 years in prison; the other may have fled the country. It’s time we put a stop to the unregulated growth of charter schools and pass laws to implement greater local oversight and accountability. California educators invite parents and communities across the state to join us in support of initiatives that bring much needed resources to neighborhood public schools and of legislation that make sure it’s used there. We look forward to working with parents and lawmakers in the coming months to advocate for the public education all California students deserve. Ω
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How would a census undercount impact Californians? by Jeff vonKaenel
Having a complete census count is very important for California. The census determines federal funding for infrastructure, health care, education and housing, as well as our level of representation in Congress. The Trump administration’s proposed addition of a citizenship question, as well as its underfunding of the census, threaten our ability to get a complete count. I spoke with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to find out how the proposed changes to this year’s census might impact our state. Here are key excerpts: Thomas Hofeller, the late Republican redistricting expert, said in an email that adding the citizenship question would be, “advantageous to Republicans and non-Hispanic whites.” Padilla: I think the Trump administration’s decision to question the citizenship of every person in America was initially a thinly veiled attempt at suppressing census participation in diverse communities. The disclosure of this email removed the veil, and made it abundantly clear what the motives are for this administration in undermining the census. ... The presence of a question about citizenship has the effect of discouraging or intimidating certain hard-tocount communities from participating. So that undermines the very purpose of the census and undermines the very mission of the Census Bureau. Now it’s in the hands of the Supreme Court. Lots at stake here.
People are concerned about the decrease in numerators. We had about 500,000 for the last census and now it’s only going to be 300,000. Yes, further evidence that this administration is undermining the census. ... It’s year after year of underfunding, understaffing the Census Bureau. There’s a lot of work, testing and preparation that goes into the census. For this particular census, the Census Bureau has been underfunded and understaffed and they’re much less prepared at this stage of the game than they should be to achieve a fair and accurate count of our nation’s population. Fewer numerators in 2020 and fewer questionnaire assistance centers that a lot of people rely on to make sure that they’re properly participating in the census. That includes a decision to make this a digital first census for the first time in history. A lot of us
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So a significant undercount would mean white, higher income people who tend to vote Republican would receive significantly more of the roughly 7 trillion federal dollars allocated over the next decade at the expense of disproportionately minority and poor residents who tend to vote Democratic? The way Trump and Republican leaders have rigged the 2020 census, it looks stacked against communities of color, lower income, American, immigrant communities ... the very many diverse communities that we have in California and that help make California as great as we are. Their political playbook has been exposed, between the citizenship question, the digital first census, the reduction in funding and staffing for the Census Bureau. Their purpose is to manipulate the outcome of a census to the detriment of diverse communities like many in California, and to the benefit of their base. Absolutely. Not just for federal funds, but for political power as well. Because that drives the reapportionment process and the redistricting process.
So tell me about the state’s efforts to deal with this problem. The state of California has made an unprecedented investment in census outreach and education. The governor has asked me to chair the California Complete Count Committee, to help oversee how we’re investing these dollars. It will be a combination of strategies from a statewide advertising campaign through the media, including social media, [and] there will be a lot of money invested regionally and locally in targeted message campaigns, in partnership with the community basedorganizations who are frankly the most trusted voices, in local communities across the state. Ω
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Meet Mermaid Rachel (Smith), left, and Mermaid Ashley (Rastad) right. They’re professional mermaids.
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Mermaid Rachel Merpeople are having a mer-moment. Some of the credit goes to Rachel Smith, a professional mermaid, Dive Bar O.G. and founder of Mermaid and Mom, who, along with her equally fantastical partner, Ashley Rastad of Pixie Tribe, are hosting California’s first surface world gathering for her shimmery kind. The three-day California Mermaid Convention shakes its fin next month with a launch party, various workshops and lectures aimed at adults, teens and guppies, and culminates with an environmentally conscious clean-up along the American River. SN&R spoke with Mermaid Rachel about the origin(s) and evolution(s) of her species—and whether it’s possible to get pink eye under the sea.
Am I catching you above ground? (Laugh.) Yeah, I am currently not underwater, so we’re doing good.
Sacramento hit its first heatwave this week. How does a mermaid keep cool? I mean, you just never come up for air, right? It’s the air that’s hot. The water’s doing fine. Actually, the rivers are pretty crazy right now.
Do you have a mermaid name? I go by “Mermaid Rachel” for a couple reasons: One, when I first became a professional mermaid, it was because I was working at Dive Bar, where I still work, and we were trying to figure out if we were going to have mermaid names and we decided not to, because, y’know, girls working in a bar kinda don’t want to have names likes “Honey” or “Princess” or that sort of thing. So we went with our real names.
year for Mermaid Week in Sacramento, but all of the organizations decided to combine everything and make one large convention with all these really, really cool events.
What would you attribute this renaissance in mermaid culture to? I think this modern reinvention is due to the fact that a lot of people, myself included, grew up watching things like Splash and The Little Mermaid. We are all adults now (Laughs.), in the best sense of that word. And we either want to share that with our kids or we’re really, really drawn to it for ourselves.
Has mermaid culture changed over the years? I think it has. … A few of the first myths about mermaids were actually about male mermaids— way, way back with the Mesopotamians and all those folks. … Selkies [half-seal, half-human creatures from Scottish folklore], a lot of them were male. People forget these old stories. … That’s why we’re going to have a lecture by Merman Jax, who’s the most successful merman out there. … If you think being a professional mermaid is a niche industry, try being a professional merman.
How long have you been a mermaid? I’ve been a pro mermaid for almost a decade. I’ve been with Dive Bar since we opened [in 2011] … I was a performer, and my mom was a seamstress, and when I was in high school, I got this idea in my head that I was going to make a mermaid costume I could swim in. And my mom said I was gonna drown. (Laughs.) But she made it for me anyway.
I’ve always wanted to ask a merperson who swam in Dive Bar … does stuff ever get in your eyes, like fish poop? (Laughs.) We’re literally swimming in a tank with fish, so, I mean, the water’s in our eyes, our ears and nose—everything. Ω
This is the first statewide convention? The Mermaid Promenade was sort of the first thing that kicked it off, and this year is going to be the ninth year. … And it would’ve been the fifth
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Several firearms, including a modified assault rifle alleged to be the murder weapon, were recovered from the Noralto home of Adel Sambrano Ramos, charged with killing Sacramento police Officer Tara O’Sullivan last week. Photos courtesy of sacramento Police DePartment
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Lying in wait An unpredictable call. A heavily armed suspect. An ambush that leaves police searching after the death of Officer Tara O’Sullivan. by Raheem F. hosseini and mozes zaRate
It was supposed to be the kind of teachable call for a rookie police officer learning to protect others: A civil stand-by—literally standing by while a woman in an alleged domestic violence situation gathered her belongings and left a North Sacramento home where she no longer felt safe. But then came the relentless rifle fire and the frenzied sirens, the agonizing delay to rescue a mortally wounded officer and the eventual surrender. Then came word that Sacramento police Officer Tara O’Sullivan had drawn her final breath. The 26-year-old was pronounced dead at UC Davis Medical Center hours after she was hit by rifle fire on June 19. The well-liked rookie died less than a year |
after she graduated from the Sacramento police academy and just six months after a gunman ambushed 22-year-old Davis police Officer Natalie Corona at the scene of a traffic accident. As for O’Sullivan’s accused killer, convicted two decades ago of misdemeanor battery, he surrendered at his bullet-battered home with a small gash on his cheek. “Officers were essentially ambushed by the suspect and the result was him murdering one of our community’s police officers,” Sacramento police Chief Daniel Hahn told reporters on June 21. “It is clear by the suspect’s actions that he was intent on murdering additional officers and was taking action to do just that.”
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Much has been made about O’Sullivan being the region’s second female officer to be gunned down this year, the sixth area peace officer killed since 2014 and the first Sacramento officer killed in the line of duty in 20 years. Meanwhile, domestic violence situations have long posed a threat to women and children escaping them—and the people who come to help. “When people leave, that is the most dangerous time,” said Nilda Valmores, executive director of My Sister’s House, which helps women and children from the Asian and Pacific Islander and other underserved communities. “And of course it’s going to be dangerous for anyone who gets involved.”
During a 1 a.m. press conference inside Sacramento Police Department headquarters on June 20, somber police and city leaders revealed what they knew about a still-fluid situation, with a suspect—later identified as 45-year-old Adel Sambrano Ramos—holed up in the house where he allegedly used an assault rifle to cut down O’Sullivan. The previous day around 11:40 a.m., police responded to a disturbance between a man and a woman at an Arden-Arcade home in the 3700 block of Esperanza Drive. Six hours later, officers went to a home six miles west for the stand-by and found the main house barricaded. O’Sullivan and her training officer were among the officers. An officer’s body-worn camera captured what happened. Thirty minutes after they arrived on Redwood Avenue, the video clip shows the officer crossing the backyard lawn, under the shadow of an elevated trampoline, to a paint-stripped detached garage. The door is open but covered by a metal screen. It makes a tinny noise when the officer knocks on it. The video appears to show another officer’s flashlight shining into the dim entryway. “Adel, Police Department, you’re not under arrest, you’re not in trouble,” the male officer says casually.
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reViVing the Watchdog No answer. The officer opens the screen and levels his gun. “Adel, Police Department,” he says again. “If you’re in here, let me know. You’re not in trouble, dude.” A series of cracks from behind sends the officer stutter-stepping. He turns and races for cover behind a draped boat. A shaggy dog skitters by his feet. “We got one down,” the officer radios. Pause. “Officer down, officer down, code-3 fire, high-powered rifle.” Pause. The officer registers something. “He’s changing clips, he’s changing clips, he’s changing clips.” The rapid-fire shots resume. The officer senses the shooter on the other side of the boat. He and someone else make a run for it. The video clip ends. Hahn said the shooter continued firing on his officers over the next four hours, with high-powered rounds that could pierce their body armor and ballistic shields. o’Sullivan lay wounded near a shed in the backyard for the next 40 to 45 minutes. Police scanner traffic from Broadcastify captured the unfolding response as the shooter sprayed rounds primarily from his backdoor and two small south-facing windows. “We need an armored vehicle,” one officer radioed. “We don’t have that much cover.” At 6:54 p.m., an armored BearCat rumbled to the scene, providing cover for a group of officers to pull O’Sullivan out of the line of fire and get her to the hospital. Outside the yellow crime tape cordoning off the Noralto neighborhood, residents watched police SUVs, armored vehicles and fire trucks crowd the Thrift Town parking lot of El Camino and Traction avenues. Dozens of officers flooded surrounding roads carrying assault rifles while helicopters roared overhead. Some onlookers heckled officers when an armored rescue vehicle pulling into the scene stalled and billowed smoke. As officers moved the perimeter back and up the Sacramento North Bike Trail, one bystander pointedly asked, “What’s the race of the shooter?” Others strained to make sense of the scene. “I was driving up to go home, and then all of a sudden, I see all these cop cars and pulled over,” said Pauline Martinez. “And all of sudden I just heard pop-pop-pop-pop.” Police evacuated homes near the barricaded gunman, with an officer
it isn’t uncommon for domestic violence radioing around 7:25 p.m. that two calls to devolve into gunshots. Of the 37 elderly residents were “pinned down.” officer-involved shootings the DA’s office Police announced O’Sullivan’s death has cleared since 2014, nine started off as a while crisis negotiators were trying to coax domestic disturbance. Another five involved the suspect to surrender. some sort of family dispute. “We are devastated tonight,” Deputy Valmores, of My Sister’s House, said Police Chief David Paletta told reporters. organizations like hers “appreciate the “There are no words to convey the depth police officers risking their lives, or anyone of sadness we feel, or how heartbroken else for that matter,” and that domestic we are for [the] family of our young, violence victims are already aware of the brave officer.” dangers they face trying to escape abuse. O’Sullivan majored in child develWhile Valmores said it’s important opment at Sacramento State for those facing domestic violence University and was part of to always keep their guards the first graduating class up, she said she hopes that of the Law Enforcement “We are O’Sullivan’s death won’t Scholars Program, devastated prevent others from which emphasizes leaving. tonight.” inclusion and cultural “I don’t want competency. She David Paletta survivors to be scared to joined the department deputy chief, Sacramento change their situations,” as a community service Police Department she said. “What happened officer in January 2018 [June 19] is terrible, but I and graduated from the also don’t want people to be academy in December. She paralyzed by fear.” was still training and shadowing According to the FBI, of the 55 officers, and was scheduled to go out peace officers killed in the line of duty on patrol on her own soon. Sacramento in the United States last year, three were State held a candlelight vigil for her on women. City Councilwoman Angelique Sunday evening; her memorial service is Ashby said it’s more likely to happen as scheduled for Thursday in Roseville. police departments continue to diversify Ramos surrendered to police shortly their ranks. before 2 a.m. on June 20. Online court “I wouldn’t want any young girls to records show his last local conviction walk away thinking that this happened came in January 1999 for one count of because [O’Sullivan] was a woman, nor misdemeanor battery, for which he was did it happen to Natalie Corona because sentenced to 15 days in jail and three years she was a woman,” Ashby told reporters of informal probation. A separate misdelast week. “This will increasingly happen meanor charge of injuring a spouse was to women because women are joining dismissed in return for his no-contest plea. the police force in increasing numbers. He was being prosecuted for another There were seven women in Tara’s misdemeanor battery, this one against a graduating class. That’s a bigger number juvenile, at the time of the shooting. than we normally have.” According to the state Department of The evening after O’Sullivan was shot, Justice’s list of prohibiting categories for 56 police academy recruits graduated at owning a firearm, a misdemeanor battery a Memorial Auditorium ceremony. Nine conviction or warrant is good for 10 years. women walked the stage. Ramos’ conviction occurred 20 years and At the press conference, Ashby said almost five months ago. That time line no that Corona and O’Sullivan were both longer matters. admired for their grit. On June 21, the Sacramento County “Both of these women were known District Attorney’s Office formally for being tough,” she said. “[O’Sullivan] charged Ramos with the murder of did a 30-minute plank in the academy. O’Sullivan and attempted murder of She’s tough, she’s strong. There was fellow Officer Daniel Chipp, along with no one more fit or ready than Tara two felony counts of illegal possession O’Sullivan to represent the city of of an AR-15-style assault rifle. The Sacramento in our fine police department [...] This had nothing to do with her murder charge comes with two special being a woman. It had to do with her circumstance allegations, including that being a hero.” Ω Ramos knew or should have known O’Sullivan was a police officer and that he killed her while “lying in wait.”
Without a new paradigm for use-of-force investigations, Sacramento County is revisiting an abandoned one. Supervisor Patrick Kennedy told SN&R the county should have a new inspector general to monitor the Sheriff’s Department by the end of this month, some 10 months after Sheriff Scott Jones banished then-I.G. Rick Braziel. Jones took umbrage last summer with a report Braziel released criticizing the october 2016 shooting death of Mikel Mcintyre, a mentally ill black man who struck a deputy with a rock and was running across freeway lanes when deputies unleashed dozens of rounds at his back. But the unilateral ouster opened a can of worms county leaders are trying to reseal: In mid-April, the county requested proposals for Braziel’s replacement, with a new scope of services drafted by Kennedy, whose district includes South Sacramento. Kennedy didn’t write in new powers for the inspector general, but did formalize his board’s ability to tie-break disputes. Critically, the sheriff and all fellow department heads would be required to cooperate with the I.G., meaning they would have to provide access to county facilities and requested documents, including confidential personnel files and inmate records. This would presumably block the sheriff from changing the locks on a future I.G. as he did with Braziel. A sheriff’s spokeswoman said Jones only saw the RFP this month. “It was developed and put out without his input or review,” Sgt. Tess Deterding wrote in an email. Kennedy also enshrined one other recourse in the contract—that the Board of Supervisors, through a majority vote, could ask the state attorney general to investigate use-offorce incidents or in-custody deaths. Whether California A.G. Xavier Becerra would do anything different than his locally elected counterparts is another matter. (Raheem F. Hosseini)
protecting the night Shift “Believe in the power of immigrant women.” That was the message of a graduation ceremony held Monday morning on the steps of the state Capitol. Nearly 100 union janitors are now trained to recognize, respond to and help prevent sexual harassment and assault in the industry. It was largely immigrant women who made up the first graduating class of ya basta center’s promotora training program. A trio of live musicians opened the ceremony and graduates, all members of SEIU United Service Workers West, posed for photographs. The promotoras, or specialized community educators and liaisons, learned how to protect fellow janitors’ legal rights, trauma-informed approaches and peer-education methods through the program offered by Ya Basta, which translates to “enough is enough.” The need for such a program spotlighted a dark reality: that women employed as janitors are at risk of sexual harassment, assault and rape on the job. That risk tends to be greater for undocumented immigrants, who have recounted stories of their attackers threatening retaliation if they spoke up. In June 2015, the PBS series Frontline covered this largely hidden issue in a one-hour documentary, Rape on the Night Shift. Part of a 2016 California law required employers to establish in-person sexual harassment and assault trainings every two years in the janitorial industry, beginning in 2019. That came after janitors, including some sexual assault survivors, staged a week-long hunger strike outside the Capitol in support of the bill. (Kate Gonzales)
A crowd lines up to have IDs scanned at Social Nightclub, one of 30 Sacramento venues required to use PatronScan. Photo by Scott thomaS anderSon
The clubs are watching City requires popular entertainment venues to collect customers’ personal information, but not tell them by Scott thomaS anderSon
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Privacy advocates are worried the city of Sacramento is making its nightlife scene part of an expanding corporate surveillance apparatus. Their concern is based on the city’s decision to require 30 of Sacramento’s most popular entertainment venues to use a specific ID-scanning technology, one that allows a single company to harvest and share customers’ personal information with any business linked to its network—including those around the world. Civil liberty groups familiar with the company behind the PatronScan software warn its model can lead to customers being unfairly blacklisted for long periods—without them knowing it happened or why. At the same time, city officials also confirmed to SN&R that while they require certain bars and nightclubs to use these scanners at the door, the city doesn’t mandate that these venues disclose to patrons what the technology is or how it works. The degree to which Sacramento’s nightlife scene is facilitating an unregulated
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dragnet of personal information was revealed in early June by freelance journalist Susie Cagle, a regular contributor to ProPublica and The Nation. In an investigative piece published in OneZero, an online magazine on the Medium platform, Cagle shared excerpts from one of PatronScan’s own reports from May 2018 to highlight that its technology was used to scan and save the personal data of more than 10,000 customers in a single day and 500,000 over a five-month period. The same report showed that PatronScan was tracking at least 1,100 “banned” individuals in Sacramento who are banned from clubs, and that the average blackball period for locals in its system is 19 years. This month, Folsom-based public relations specialist Marko Mlikotin said on behalf of PatronScan that this policy has been changed: Now, flagged patrons will be on the banned list for no more than five years at a specific venue, and no more than one year in the company’s overall network. He said the latter was always the company’s policy.
Cagle’s report also used PatronScan’s own literature to show that, since 2016, there were 53 instances when the company handed over personal information to the Sacramento Police Department. According to Mlikotin, the police department cannot simply ask for the data, but must produce an “investigation number or any other uniquely identifiable number that can be traced back to the purpose of the disclosure request.” City and police officials have defended the policy, describing it as a tech-savvy way to prevent underage drinking and keep serial sexual harassers and hooligans out of venues. But while some of PatronScan’s categories for flagging a bar-goer are straightforward (such as “fighting,” “sexual assault” and “drug trafficking”) others (such as “disturbance”) are more subjective. Once someone’s ID has been absorbed into the PatronScan system, they can be flagged by any employee who persuades a manager to sign off. City Hall’s decision to force popular venues to use PatronScan is coming under fire from groups including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Freedom Foundation. Ashkhen Kazaryan, director of civil liberties at TechFreedom, a Washington, D.C., think tank, said that while PatronScan has an appeals process for people it flags, it has nothing resembling due process. “This is very concerning,” Kazaryan said. “Placing people on a database that would rate them as a threat to public safety can lead to a whole chain of other events. We’ve also seen that these private companies gathering and keeping personal information brings up so many issues, including civil rights issues.” In Sacramento, there have already been some controversies and concerns about civil rights issues in the bar scene. In 2016, a group of black women accused the Mix Downtown of discrimination. Three years later, an owner of Track 7 was sued for sexual harassment and retaliation. Most recently, Goldfield’s came under fire for booking an anti-LGBTQ rapper. The idea that club managers and employees can be automatically trusted not to abuse PatronScan won’t sit in a city where some establishments have a questionable track record on inclusivity and equal treatment of customers, critics say. At the moment, less than half of the city’s 85 bars and nightclubs with entertainment permits are required to use
PatronScan. “That decision is made on a case-by-case basis,” city spokesman Tim Swanson wrote in an email. “And it is made through a collaborative process with the business owner (s).” Swanson said the main criteria for requiring venues to install PatronScan is whether the establishment offers entertainment. On Saturday, June 15, SN&R approached Dive Bar staff who were using PatronScan. When asked what the scanner does, the employees answered that it checks if incoming customers have had problems at nearby bars. That’s true. Asked if the scanner was connected to a wider network, staff described it as their own system that was interfacing with other systems. The employees then stressed that any information scanned is deleted in 30 days. But that’s only the case if someone’s not flagged. Just down K Street at Malt & Mash, the bouncer told SN&R that the information would only be deleted “if there’s no problem” while inside. When asked, staff at both Dive Bar and Malt & Mash said their understanding was that PatronScan’s technology was not data-mining. But PatronScan is harvesting every relevant data-point on IDs, including date of birth, gender, ZIP code and a photograph, all logged in a way that can be cross-referenced against that person’s bar and club-going history. PatronScan insists that it doesn’t share the data with other companies and deletes the majority of it after 30 days. The fact that multiple employees didn’t have a uniform understanding of the scanner’s data-mining capabilities can be attributed to the city lacking a policy to guide them. Additionally, city officials acknowledged there’s no policy requiring establishments to even tell the public they’re using PatronScan. Many of the venues required to use PatronScan reside within the central city district of Councilman Steven Hansen, who could not be reached for comment. The controversy around PatronScan is raising eyebrows with some bar owners who operate outside of city limits. Pat Doyle, co-owner of the popular Doyle’s Pub in Folsom, said the city officials he works with have never mentioned requiring any scanning technology. “That doesn’t seem like it’s legal,” Doyle said. “That also doesn’t sound like a fair way to treat customers.” Ω
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Police bodycam footage shows rocklin officer Brad alford repeatedly striking Emelio Perez-chavez with a baton during a 2017 DUI stop. screen shot courtesy of the placer county district attorney’s office
A jury of the public Newly-released 2017 video shows Rocklin police officer beating DUI suspect by Graham Womack
In retrospect, it probably wasn’t the best choice of words for Emelio Perez-Chavez. Shortly after Rocklin police pulled him over in September 2017 for his third DUI, Officer Brad Alford shouted, “Put your hands up! Get out of the car! I’m going to shoot you if you don’t fucking start complying!” While Perez-Chavez got out with his hands up, he then told Alford and other officers nearby, “Fucking shoot me, bitches.” The question is if Perez-Chavez deserved what quickly ensued. A trove of officer body camera, dash cam and bystander cellphone footage released June 19 by the Placer County District Attorney’s Office—following a May 28 public records request by SN&R—shows Alford striking Perez-Chavez numerous times with his baton roughly a minute after the taunt. “The public has an overriding interest,” Judge Eugene Gini said in ruling to allow release of the videos, which had been sealed at a June 2018 hearing. “Furthermore, the public has statutory interest.” It used to be that questionable police conduct often didn’t see the light of the day. But in recent years, updated state laws such as the one Gini cited have allowed greater transparency.
Alford was charged with three felonies, including excessive force, though a Placer County jury needed just two hours to acquit him May 15. It’s uncertain if the videos will spur another reckoning for Alford, who has been on paid leave pending an internal investigation by Rocklin police. “There’s probably nothing we can do in Placer County and California since he was acquitted,” Deputy District Attorney Ray DeJesus told SN&R when asked of potential legal exposure for Alford. In the video, Alford replied to PerezChavez’s remark to shoot him by saying, “Alright, I’ll do it then,” and then ordered Perez-Chavez to get on his knees, repeating the command twice while drawing his baton. Alford began to strike Perez-Chavez while ordering him to his knees a fourth time. The officer continued to strike after Perez-Chavez got on his knees and cried in pain, first lying against a parking lot beam and then on his back, with Alford repeatedly telling him to turn on his stomach. Alford finally stopped striking PerezChavez after another officer said they’d use their taser on Perez-Chavez. While Alford told Perez-Chavez minutes after the incident he’d taken “a fighting stance,” bystander cellphone footage shows Perez-Chavez with his hands up as Alford struck him. Alford can also be heard telling
Perez-Chavez to quit fighting during the incident, though it’s unclear if he was attacking or attempting to defend himself. Perez-Chavez cried for several minutes after the incident that his wrist was broken, with officers admonishing him not to make a scene. Alford’s attorney Michael Rains acknowledged to SN&R in late May that Perez-Chavez, who received a $249,000 settlement in February 2018 from the city of Rocklin, suffered a broken bone in his wrist. Chief Assistant District Attorney Jeff Wilson said in a statement that the videos “speak for themselves” and that his office still considers Alford’s conduct excessive. Rains opposed releasing the video, citing concerns for Alford’s safety and admitting he worried how Alford might do in the court of public opinion. Rains noted that he teaches a course to police investigators about video evidence analysis. “One of the things I say about all video evidence of police use of force is it’s always graphic and ugly,” Rains said. “You’re never going to see a police use of force where you look at it and you say, ‘Oh, that looks pretty good.’” DeJesus, who argued in court for the videos to be released, was less certain. “I anticipate the public will react to the video,” DeJesus said. “Whether they react positively, I don’t know.” Ω
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black tail deer ducks under some fallen pine branches as a pickup truck cruises by. Behind the wheel, game warden Dave Moskat glimpses the doe cantering into sunlight that’s flashing on the crisp, heat-seared weeds along Mount Akum Road. The sky is blue over this wash of oak woodlands in El Dorado County, but Moskat is steering his truck straight for a long thundercloud curtain darkening the mountains ahead. He’s driving towards a secluded clearing near the border of federal forest land—the site of a poaching crime that landed someone in prison. It’s raining by the time Moskat reaches the spot, a pasture hemmed in by cedars, choke cherries and a line of would-be Christmas trees three miles west of Grizzly Flats. Two-and-a-half years ago, a doe was moving through the field’s high grass and wildflowers when the sound of a Mini-14 round exploded under the trees. Two men in camouflage watched her dip. These strangers had been stalking the area for a week, shooting other does around the clearing from the side of a quadrunner. This time they were escaping in a Dodge pickup. A man nearby heard their gunfire. From the edge of the pasture, he watched the shooters
california Fish and Wildlife game warden dave moskat surveys an area where he investigated poachers last year.
leave. Then he noticed the doe limping around on her bleeding hip. She struggled for several minutes before dying. Moskat got the call, arriving before the poachers could return with a bait-and-switch vehicle. He took the animal back to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s lab for a necropsy. That’s when Moskat learned the shooters hadn’t just killed the doe, they’d also killed the two fawns she was carrying inside her. “I was pretty mad when I saw that,” the warden remembers. With few exceptions, killing does is illegal in California because they sustain deer populations. Moskat started surveilling the pasture and talking to people living around Grizzly Flats. He quickly developed a suspect for the trigger man, 50-yearold Don Roy Leschke. Court records show Leschke has a string of felony convictions, as well as numerous arrests for poaching. That includes arrests for “spotlighting,” the illegal tactic of freezing a deer with floodlights from a truck and then picking it off while it’s paralyzed with fear.
The El Dorado National Forest is the summer home of the Pacific Deer Herd.
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A week later, Moskat and warden Erick Elliot passed Leschke on a secluded mountain road. They arrested him for driving on a suspended license. Searching his truck, Moskat spotted a knife coated in gooey animal fat and organ muck. He also found strands of deer hair around the truck cab. Moskat soon had a search warrant for Leschke’s property, where there was blood smeared on the dirt driveway and deer bones laying in the yard. The warden noticed security cameras posted around a greenhouse-style tent covering a marijuana grow. The video from the cameras showed Leschke drinking beer on a quad-runner before tucking a revolver into his waistband and hiding a rifle on his back under a jacket. He took off. Later, when Leschke returned into the camera’s frame, he was high-fiving a friend over another dead doe. Moskat charged Leschke with being a felon in possession of a firearm and deer poaching. Leschke fled to Idaho, hiding for a time in its backcountry. He was captured by forest rangers, returned to California and sentenced to three years in state prison. In late May, as Moskat sits in his truck watching a spring rain batter the field, he knows Leschke’s case isn’t an outlier. Growing evidence and an increasing count of carcasses
show that the stakes around poaching in El Dorado County are only getting higher. That’s especially true for the Pacific Deer Herd, a fragile group of migratory deer living on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains. State wildlife biologist Shelly Blair, who studies the herd, recently found unmistakable signs it’s being targeted by criminal shooters. And while legal hunters abide by strict wildlife management rules and fund most of California’s deer conservation programs, poachers are having the exact opposite effect— directly imperiling the Pacific Deer Herd. “This herd has the highest mortality for a deer herd that we know of in the entire state,” Blair says. “When you add poaching to that, it affects the survival rate dramatically.”
Wardens of the West Moskat pulls his truck alongside a weed-laced snare of barbed wire hung from a drifting fence. He peers out on a lonely stretch of Bucks Bar Road that carries a tinge of irony for him. The largest buck Moskat ever saw in El Dorado County was poached at this very spot. The sturdy mule deer had a broad rack of antlers so striking that residents on the nearby
orchards and hillsides even had a name for him: “Big Daddy.” On the evening of Sept. 2, 2018, a witness saw two suspicious men slip onto private property in the neighborhood, then saw Big Daddy running from the strangers with an arrow through him. The unknown men disappeared. Big Daddy staggered around and died near one of the houses. When Moskat arrived the next morning, he learned the poachers had returned in the night to claim their kill. All that was left was the bloody arrow. After a lengthy investigation, Moskat arrested 26-year-old Connor Sheedy. Not only did Sheedy have a skull and rack that were identical to photos of Big Daddy alive, but he had deer meat in his freezer that Moskat matched through a DNA test to blood on the arrow. Sheedy was charged with poaching, falsifying state documents and other violations. He eventually took a deal and pleaded no contest to trespassing for the purposes of hunting. Sheedy’s deer skull was confiscated, he was fined $2,500 and he was forced to re-take a hunter’s safety and ethics course. Killing Big Daddy was particularly brazen. Moskat investigated another case last year that encompassed what’s become a more common
“There’s a new generation of poachers who have learned how to kill deer differently than the old ways.” Dave Moskat, state game warden
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alone in the backcountry A bone-cutting wind rustles branches at the Rubicon’s trail head, with a granite spur hulking over the tree line. The blinding morning sun flashes on the snow. Warden Lieutenant Stacey LaFave steers his truck along the vista, slowly heading down onto a shady mountain path. As he pulls off at the 6,500-foot elevation mark, the icy terrain gives way to a barren, thawed-out span of forest. At the edge of the pines, LaFave spots a grimy station wagon. It’s empty. LaFave hops out and circles it, looking for signs of an empty gun rack. Approaching odd cars in the middle of nowhere is part of watching for poachers. So is doing it alone, even knowing that all poachers are armed. Five years ago, LaFave noticed a Toyota Tacoma that looked out of place along a fork of the Cosumnes River. He jumped out and came face to face with a man holding a machete. LaFave had his gun up until the blade dropped
to the ground. The stranger, along with two other men, were illegally catching 53 native trout with a gill net across the river. They were all arrested. “I just assume that every person I contact is either carrying a gun, a knife or both,” LaFave says, clearing the station wagon. “You just can’t let your guard down. For me, it’s a matter of being courteous, but having it in the back of my mind that the person could switch at any moment.” In 2016, a warden assigned to Humboldt County was patrolling near Highway 36 when he saw two men in truck spot-lighting for deer. When he tried to pull them over, 24-year-old Shawn Hof opened fire on him. A high-speed chase ended when Hof’s truck crashed into a tree. California has roughly 290 game wardens patrolling 163,696 square miles of beaches, marshes, deserts, hills and mountains. According to the Fish and Game Warden Association, it has among the fewest wildlife officers per person of any North American state or province. In El Dorado County, that ratio doesn’t just make finding poachers hard, it means encountering armed lawbreakers alone. Sometimes a warden’s nearest back-up, usually a sheriff’s deputy, is 30 minutes away. That dangerous reality hit home in 2005, when a team of wardens was ambushed inside a large-scale marijuana field that was destroying the Sierra Azul Preserve. Growers opened fire with assault rifles, shooting one warden through both legs as the others engaged in a chaotic firefight. The wardens killed one grower and got their fallen comrade to a helicopter, preventing him from bleeding to death. The gun battle started what John Nores, one of the wardens involved, would later call “the war in
The residents of Bucks Bar Road in El Dorado County named this deer “Big Daddy.” He was illegally killed in 2018.
Big Daddy’s skull was confiscated from Connor Sheedy after he was charged with poaching.
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50% when to be healthy, it should be 80%. While that survival rate is reduced by predators, disease, vehicle collisions and other factors, the 10% or higher poaching rate is significant. “Even in the wintertime, we see extremely healthy body conditions with his herd,” Blair says. “That means they should be surviving, but they’re not.” All four collared does poached were killed outside the state’s deer hunting season so none were incidents of a legal hunter mistaking a doe for a buck. Larry Nelson, a 30-year hunting instructor and member of the California Deer Association, says El Dorado’s hunting community is incensed about the poaching. Like Nelson, many hunters consider themselves conservationists. The numbers back them up. Since lobbying for the Pittman-Robertson Act in 1937, legal hunters have funded more than $14 billion in wildlife protection and habitat restoration programs. Nelson says the hunters he knows play by the state’s strict rules because, in the end, they love nature. “When you hear about poaching in your area, it just makes you angry,” Nelson says. “You think, ‘How are these people getting away with it?’ You can either do something about it or not.” Nelson decided to do something by serving on the El Dorado County Fish and Game Commission, which helps buy special equipment for wildlife officers, including robotic decoy deer, bears and turkeys and also helped purchase the radio collars. Patrick Weddle, a professional biologist and avid fisherman who is co-chairman of the commission, says the poaching should be a wakeup call. “We don’t have the same level of consciousness about wildlife—or the challenges faced by wildlife—that we do for larger environmental issues,” he says. “We don’t have an Earth Day for wildlife.”
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type of poaching. It involved 59-year-old Richard Kowski, an amateur taxidermist who had been sharing eyebrow-raising photos of his hunting kills on Facebook. Kowski had gone as far as to enter one of his deer racks into the Safari Club International’s record books. But Moskat noticed the photos Kowski was posting didn’t seem to match the areas where he claimed to have shot the deer. What Kowski boasted were legal hunts in Tehama and Mendicino counties were looking to the warden like illegal scores in El Dorado. Moskat put Kowski under surveillance and soon caught him baiting a wooded pondside off Pleasant Valley Road with molasses-cobs and fresh alfalfa. Baiting is a crime. It turned out that Kowski had been doing it for several years and then shooting deer from behind a blind he had built near his lure trap. Confronted, Kowski admitted to having poached five big bucks in El Dorado County through baiting. He was later sentenced to 44 days on house arrest and 36 months of probation and ordered to pay several hundred dollars in fines. In the past, spotlighting and road-shooting were the most common deer-poaching techniques. Lately though, Moskat has seen more illegal baiting in isolated territory. “There’s a new generation of poachers who have learned how to kill deer differently than the old ways,” he says. “It’s pretty rampant.” For Blair, the state wildlife biologist in El Dorado County, Moskat’s various investigations coincided with startling revelations around the Pacific Deer Herd. Unlike the county’s resident black tail deer, the Pacific Herd is made up of mule deer-Columbian black tail hybrids that move from a summer range in the Crystal Basin to a winter range above the American River near Georgetown. The herd’s migration patterns put them at higher risk. Blair has put radio collars on 45 of its does that send an alert straight to her cell phone anytime something happens to one. Blair received a number of alerts in 2018. One signaled off Peavine Ridge north of Pollock Pines; using GPS and radio telemetry, Blair found the deer’s remains with a bullet hole right through the collar. Another alert went off on forestland near Highway 50. Blair tracked down that doe and pulled a .22-caliber bullet out of her spine. Arriving at yet another signal off Rock Creek Road, Blair heard gunshots echoing all around the trees. She came back with a warden, but the poachers left no trace of that deer but its collar. After collaring a doe in the herd’s summer range, Blair found it dead just days later. The poachers had nearly twisted her head off as they wrestled with the transmitter on her neck. Blair says four out of 45 monitored does poached in a year has disturbing implications. “That’s a big percentage of animals with a small sample size,” she says. “If you extrapolate that to the entire herd, that could be a big number that are getting poached from the population.” The Pacific Herd is already under stress. Its survival rate has been teetering between 40% and
the woods”—a series of confrontations between the wildlife department’s law enforcement officers and black-market marijuana operators linked to Mexican drug cartels. Poaching is also common with cartel-linked growers, though they kill more wildlife through highly toxic chemicals they leave on public lands. In 2015, a warden went into an illegal marijuana site at the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge and confronted a suspect aiming a gun at him. The warden walked out of the refuge alive. The grower didn’t. Rolling through desolate back country can mean more unpredictable threats, too. In 2013, game wardens were the first law enforcement officers to encounter the rogue cop-turned-serial killer Christopher Dormer as he was hiding in the San Bernardino mountains. Dormer fired several rounds into a warden’s vehicle before holing up in a cabin where he was later found dead.
Long, lancing shadows bend on the mountainside as LaFave patrols a remote slope of the lower Sierra. He looks out on the ridge ahead of him to see a massive shadow lumbering through the brush. In an instant the blur gets bigger in his driver’s window and then comes into view—a California black bear. She’s heavy and cinnamon-colored and watching two little cubs scale separate trees. LaFave slows alongside the mother bear. She rears up on her hind legs, tracking him as her cubs start ripping their way down the tree trunks. When they hit the ground, the mother dashes into the brush with her offspring scrambling behind her. But the sow hasn’t left the area; she’s just camouflaged herself. LaFave looks up to spot a third cub teetering high on a pencil-thin pine tree. Its paws start slapping, its belly hitching and bucking down the side of the bark. It pauses to peek at the SUV and then spirals down onto the pine needles. The warden catches it dart into the forest cover with its family. It’s rare to see a bear with three cubs. “That sow is really healthy looking and has great coat,” LaFave says. He adds with a smile, “You could kind of see the way she signaled to the cubs, ‘Time to go!’” But for LaFave, the sighting also brings back a memory from this ridge line that’s nothing to smile about. That case started a little more than five years ago. Wardens Darrell Stevenson and Liz Gregory were patrolling just up the way on Cat Creek Road when they spotted a truck with a carpet and chain on its hood and dog crates in its back. They knew it was a houndsman’s rig. Prior to that year, the most common way of hunting black bears during California’s brief season was by tracking and chasing them with hounds. But the state had just outlawed the practice. It was also late April and bear season had been closed for months. The wardens pulled over the truck and asked the two men inside, Arthur Martin Blake and George Vitali, if they had guns. The men said no.
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“This herd has the highest mortality for a deer herd that we know of in the entire state. When you add poaching to that, it affects the survival rate dramatically.” Shelly Blair, state wildlife biologist
Game warden Lieutenant Stacey LaFave returns to the site of one of his recent poaching investigations.
The wardens asked if they’d been hunting. The men said no. But when the wardens searched the truck, they found a holstered revolver in shopping bag and a backpack hidden in the back of one of the dog crates. Inside the pack were 20 black bear claws streaked with fresh blood and a red-stained knife. Then the wardens unwrapped some plastic packets to find three bear livers strung to three gall bladders. Bear gall bladders have been known to sell for as much as $10,000 each to buyers based in Asia, where the bile is used for traditional medicines. LaFave’s team eventually determined that Blake and Vitali had slaughtered a mother bear and her two cubs, hacking off their paws and cutting out a single organ from each. “These guys were just out there that day for nothing but poaching bears to get the gall bladders for the black market,” LaFave recalls, shaking his head. “They just cut out their organs out, cut their paws off, and left the rest of them to rot.” Blake and Vitali were charged with unlawful possession of bear parts, a felony. After pleading guilty to a general count of poaching, they were both sentenced to 30 days in jail, 36 months of probation and $5,000 in fines. Court records show they were reported to the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, which typically leads to a hunting license being suspended in 45 states.
While California’s black bear population isn’t endangered, conservationists worry that the wasteful killing fuels a broader poaching culture that is responsible for the harmful killing of raptors, the overfishing of native trout and now the targeting of the Pacific Deer Herd. Hunters and fishing enthusiasts debate whether El Dorado County’s prosecutors and judges have always given adequate attention to the problem. “I don’t think we’ve taken it very seriously here,” says El Dorado County Supervisor Brian Veerkamp, an avid hunter. “Up until a few years ago, the fines and prosecutions in our county were light.” There are signs that’s changing. With urging from Veerkamp and the county’s fish and game commission, the District Attorney’s Office is having some prosecutors specialize in wildlife crime. The fish and game commissioner recently gave Deputy District Attorney Brittany Griffith an award for the work she’s done on poaching cases. “If half the people in your county hunt and fish, and half people in it don’t agree with that, the one thing everyone has in common is they’re against poachers,” LaFave says. “Going after them is a win-win for everybody.” Ω
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Really, don’t anger and annoy your band mates. The Sacramento grit-rock band The Ghost Town Rebellion says it tours an average of 150 days a year. Guitarist-vocalist Shawn Peter says driving long hours in a 12-passenger van is a true test. “That’s when you really understand who your band mates are,” Peter says. “Fortunately, in my band, we’re past that party stage.” Chris Lemos, guitarist for the metal band Chrch, put it differently: “Let the little s--- go.” “Don’t nitpick at every little thing that everybody has to say, because if you have to live with them for four more weeks after you get nitpicky on day two—that’s gonna really suck,” he says, laughing. “Hopefully, everyone’s having an equal amount of fun, but also at the same time, everyone’s miserable because you’re living in a van.”
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The Ghost Town Rebellion frontman Shawn Peter, rocking at Sac State in 2016.
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Fast food is an easy choice on a night drive. But regret soon follows, says Lys Mayo, lead guitarist for the pop-punk band Sad Girlz Club. Mayo packs a small, plastic container with tortillas, peanut butter, dried fruits, nuts and, always, Clif Bars. “If you’re a person who drinks, Clif Bars and Vitamin Water before you go to sleep is what’s going to save you from a hangover,” she says. Mayo and Lemos recommend stocking up at any 24-hour grocery store for snacks that won’t have you hating life before the next rest stop. “Sometimes, you’re going to eat fast food and it’s gonna suck. But if you don’t do it all the time, you’ll be OK,” Lemos says.
A comfortable bed isn’t guaranteed. Neither is a shower. Ross Hammond travels solo for his gigs up and down the West Coast, playing guitar at galleries, cafes and house concerts. “If you have a YMCA membership, there’s a Y in every city,” he says. “So you can go in and shower, shoot some hoops and just kind of get right with the world.” Many truck stops also have showers, and often it only costs a little over a buck to wash last night’s show sweat away, Mayo says. “Usually, you just pay like $1.25 to open the door. So open the door, take your shower and hold the door open for the rest of your band mates,” Mayo says. “I also just like to jump in lakes and rivers, too, when you can.”
Lemos recommends travel-size everything for toiletries. For clothes, he’s a minimalist metalhead. “You want to just have the bare minimum ... Tons of underwear, tons of socks, three shirts, one pair of pants, maybe extra shoes. Really, once you’re traveling you don’t need that much,” he says. “As long as you feel clean. Well, not clean, ’cause you’re not going to feel clean—at all. As long as you have fresh socks. That’s pretty important so you don’t have weird grime on your feet and feel gross from that. But you’re probably just going to end up wearing the same shirt like every day. Just because, like, why not?”
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If you book a gig in a new city, get to know local bands. Research similar genres on social media, call promoters and get recommendations. Most of all, offer to host a show as a trade-off. Hammond says he’s built a solid network of musician friends throughout the Pacific Northwest using this method. Most of them have floors and spare rooms to crash. “We’re all in this together, so we might as well help one another with shows and stuff,” he says.
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That’s Mayo’s advice on where to perform. Research online when mapping your route. “The best shows that I’ve ever played, hands down, have been house shows in the middle of nowhere. I played a show in Cedar Falls, Iowa, that was probably the most fun show I’ve ever played, in some basement that some kid had keys to ... His mom was a Realtor,” she says. Look into venue load-in and parking, too. Park the back of the van against a wall so no one can break in that way. “Bring everything into the venue always, even if you think it’s safe,” Lemos says. “Don’t leave guitars and vinyl in the car when it’s hot because it will break everything. And, if you get to the hotel, bring your guitars inside.”
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Sometimes you get paid. Sometimes, things happen. “Either you walk the guy down to the ATM machine and you make sure they pull out cash, or if you know you’re not going to win the argument, you just bite your tongue and leave,” Peter says. “Or if a fight breaks out, a fight breaks out. I’ve been in all situations. (Laughs.) … But, not getting paid, it sucks.” Peter recommends booking shows with guarantees, with cash upfront. A newer underground band will usually get paid at the end of the show, and it may be only $50. To help cover costs, sell merchandise. “We’re doing a limited edition run of tank tops, and we’re printing a bunch of new merch,” says Mayo, who’s going on tour in July with Sad Girlz Club and the punk band Lightweight. “Doing bundles, like if you’re going on tour with another band, ‘Hey, get both of our CDs and two shirts for X amount of dollars.’ … Generally, you end up paying out of your pockets, at least a couple of times, for gas.”
Named one of the best 50 metal bands of the last decade by Kerrang! magazine, Chrch is no stranger to touring overseas. Besides stretching often on long flights to Europe, Lemos recommends this little ditty: “Obviously, the passport. … I actually just had to get mine renewed even though it’s not expired, because there’s some countries you can’t travel to if it’s within six months before it expires,” he says. “Another weird thing is if you travel a lot out of the country, sometimes you have to get more passport pages because there needs to be enough room to stamp them.”
Chrch guitarist Chris Lemos in mid-riff.
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Mayo says most bands drive in shifts. Night drives are especially important. Only drive for a maximum of six hours, as 10-hour stretches can be dangerous. And just because there’s a straight-edge person in your band doesn’t mean they want to be the designated driver after every show. “I think a mistake most bands make is thinking that they can do 10-hour drives in a day, and you can, but you’re going to be miserable, and chances are you’re going to be late to your show because of traffic,” Mayo says.
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Sad Girlz Club guitarist Lys Mayo, when she played in one of her many bands, Little Tents, at 924 Gilman in Berkeley.
If you’re a party band, sleep in the van, Peter says. It saves money and helps everyone stay on schedule. Mayo suggests posting to a gig’s event page ahead of time for a home to crash. “I know for the Sad Girlz tour I’m bringing my own little one-person tent and my own hammock, because especially when you go out with two bands at the same time, it’s really hard to find someone that could put up eight or nine people,” she says. “[Be] prepared to sleep in the van, or sleep outside or hang a hammock on a patio.” Ω
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For the last decade, Dimple Records has been Neil Vann’s hunting ground for classic rock and heavy metal CDs. “I have these lists I’ve been going through for years, and I just cross them off,” Vann said inside the Dimple Records on Broadway, showing several crumpled papers lined back-to-front with album names. “It’s been a hobby to rummage through all the stuff and see what you find.” Vann is one of many customers who professed a love for LPs and CDs and Dimple Records, the 45-year-old chain that announced on June 18 that it would close all seven locations after selling their inventory. Owners John and Dilyn Radakovitz told the Sacramento Business Journal that factors for their decision include declining sales and the increasing California minimum wage. On a recent night, dozens of customers packed the aisles of the Broadway store and flipped through the racks, taking advantage of a 20% to 40% discount on all merchandise, which includes music, movies, video games, books, comics and nerdy trinkets. “You don’t want to see any local business close, no matter the reason,” said Dal Basi, owner of Phono Select Records on Fruitridge Road. “It’s not helpful for the overall economy. Having choices is important.” Basi says it’s too early to tell how the Dimple closing will affect the regional market, noting the dearth of record stores in Folsom, Citrus Heights and Rancho Cordova. Music hunters, however, might find a new home in smaller music stores, many of which are thriving in Sacramento. While their selection and prices may not
always match Dimple, the owners pride themselves in community-gathering and expertise. “I know every record in this store, I’ve touched every record in this store,” said Marty DeAnda, who co-owns MediumRare Records & Collectibles/ Kicksville Vinyl & Vintage inside the WAL Public Market on R Street. The indoor-mall boutique is a fraction of Dimple’s size, but it packs about 6,000 hand-curated vinyls in near-mint condition, with prices from $22 to hundreds of dollars for the rarities. First and second pressings of the Beatles’ first song (before they were the Beatles) shimmer in a glass case for $300 to $350. For $80, there’s an original copy of Ritchie Valens’ debut behind the counter. DeAnda and co-owners Tim and Laura Matranga (who own the Kicksville half of the store) boast more than 75 years of collecting experience combined. DeAnda specializes in rock, classic rock, classic jazz, country and blues. The Matrangas know garage rock, modern genres and local music. The corner of Kicksville showcases local bands, with vinyls by Vasas, Drug Apts. and Th’ Losin Streaks. Eleven local independent shops have created a network to share their customer base and expertise, referring record lovers to each other. At Delta Breeze Records on 10th Street, co-owners Ben Johnson and Rick Daprato specialize in ’70s and ’80s funk, R&B, classical and deejay records. They also repair and sell record players and parts. “A really good record store is a place where it’s ... more of a social experience, almost like going to your neighborhood bar and the bartender knows you,” said Johnson, who predicts that he’ll see more traffic and trade-ins after the Dimple closures. At Phono Select, punk rock, neo-soul and rare imports meet the Rambo: First Blood soundtrack. The store is decorated with local art and occasionally holds live music shows. The Matrangas and DeAnda all said they’ve noticed increasing sales of used vinyls and cassettes, their main products. But the larger industry shows a different reality. In 2018, the Recording Industry Association of America reported that the music industry made 75% of its revenue from streaming platforms. Still, DeAnda said he isn’t worried. “It’s all about the love, it’s not about anything else,” he said. Ω
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A musical representation of light and dark created through experimentation and intimate lyrics, Dreamer offers a balance of hard and soft vibes that speak to real-life issues. That balance is perfectly illustrated in songs such as “S.O.S (Same Old S--t).” The music ensnares you immediately with its rapid succession of high-hats and head bobbing, and keeps you hooked while telling the stories of Stephon Clark, Darrell Richards, Joseph Mann and other police killings across the country. It’s represented in “Roses,” which speaks to the importance of letting those we love know before it’s too late. The song also speaks to Gilmore’s life as a corporate worker, father, husband Dreamer’s album cover is appropriately surreal. and activist constantly trying to find the balance between reaching for his dreams and supporting the dreams of those around him. “I think hip-hop is missing something integral Slow and steady wins the race, and Poor Majesty right now, and that’s the ability to create is ready to pull ahead of the pack. music that talks directly about what is The Sacramento hip-hop artist, also happening, but makes it palatable to a member of the local group Tribe those who might not be ready for of Levi, is elevating his solo “I’ve been the message,” Gilmore says. “If presence with a new album. making music in the music catches you, if the Dreamer releases June 29. Sacramento for a long beat takes you, then it’s stuck “I’ve been screaming in your head. Which means ‘turtle power’ for a long time, running this race to you go back and play it over time now, and I think folks achieve a dream, while being again. Which means that thought I was talking about chased by those who were message is settling in your the Ninja Turtles,” Poor cerebral.” Majesty (real name Adrian trying to stop me.” With the melding of Gilmore) tells SN&R with a Adrian Gilmore, hip-hop beats that sound as laugh. “But in reality, I mean aka Poor Majesty if Lucy Pearl and Kanye West it more in that old school way of had a baby, powerful R&B vocals the tortoise and the hare. I’ve been provided by Sene, Sydney Ranee and making music in Sacramento for a long Stevie Nader, and poignant features from time, running this race to achieve a dream, Reflective Intelligence, Nome Nomadd and Mahtie while being chased by those who were trying to Bush, the album makes space for local artists. stop me. Like Gilmore, we are all the dreamers in search of “I feel like this album is the culmination of that the finish line. Ω race I’ve been running,” he adds. “Like I’m coming out of the darkness and finished in the light.” With an album release party the same night at Groundswell gallery on J Street, Gilmore says he’s check out Poor Majesty at 6 p.m. on saturday, june 29 at Groundswell art for the release party of Dreamer. No cover. 2508 j st. follow Poor Majesty: ready to present a new vision of his music, one that facebook.com/poormajesty. takes listeners outside of hip-hop normalcy.
Crepes & Burgers is Proud to Announce a Second Location!
repes & Burgers strives to provide a special dining experience to each and every person who walks into its restaurant. The staff are welcoming and friendly. The food is delicious. Martin Garcia, head chef and owner of Crepes & Burgers brings his passion for service and experience with food to the kitchen by using only the freshest ingredients to design high-quality, thoughtful meals for those who dine at his restaurant.
Over the last 2½ years of operating in Citrus Heights, Crepes & Burgers has become a reliable, go-to restaurant for people in the neighborhood and many who live in surrounding cities. Every dish is made-to-order, so diners won’t have to worry about making special requests to fit their personal preferences. While there are plenty of healthy meal options on the menu, there is also a wide selection of choices for those that want something a little more indulgent. That doesn’t stop with the food! The drink selection is just as considerable, ranging from espresso beverages and fresh-squeezed orange juice to a bar with beer, wine and mimosas.
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Directed by Playwright and winner of last year’s New Comedies Festival James Christy presents very, very funny observations about parents, parenting, sex, childbirth, babies and relationships between men and women.
Wed 2pm & 6:30pm, Thu 8pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 5pm & 9pm, Sun 2pm; Through 7/14; $33-$47; B Street Theatre at the Sofia, 2700 Capitol Avenue, (916) 443-5300, bstreettheatre. org. B.S.
A fascinating play with well-written and fast-paced dialogue, interesting characters and a provocative look at mental health issues. The ending is a bit convoluted and needs some tweaking, but the main story still resonates. Thu 8pm, Fri
Celebration Arts’ latest play takes place entirely in Martin Luther King Jr.’s room at the Lorraine Motel the night before his 1968 assassination. James Ellison weaves boyish charm and ego together to channel King’s vigor for justice, and Sené Goss truly sparkles as the enigmatic Camae.
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Wed 7pm, thu 7pm, fri 8pm, sat 2pm & 8pm, sun 2pm. through 7/21; $25-$42; capital stage, 2215 J street, (916) 995-5464, capstage.org.
Capital Stage caps off its #SearchingForAmerica season with The Roommate by Jen Silverman. Generally, I try to avoid spoilers in my reviews, but every line of Silverman’s clever script feels like a reveal, so I’ll do my best. Under the careful direction of Dena Martinez, the play has a sort of breathless confessional quality to it as we watch two women getting to know each other as housemates, showing each other—and themselves—who they are. Set to a score of female-led rock and riot grrrl staples (sound design by Ed Lee), this two-woman show is, in turns, hilarious, tense and surprising. Jamie Jones plays Robyn, the aloof “New York Vegan With a Past” (an archetype I now wish was in every play) and recent Iowa transplant. Laura Jane Bailey plays Sharon who, caught in her own lonely midwestern Davy Jones locker, is slowly turning into a “Live, Love, Laugh” sign until Robyn arrives, lighting a spark in her spirit and a joint in her living room. Both actors give strong performances, and Bailey brings real depth to an unpredictably dynamic Sharon. The Roommate is about communication—and it has the collection of one-sided telephone calls to prove it—but it’s more so about the limits of language and how we use it to fence ourselves in, or talk ourselves down. This is a queer play, not because (or not just because) it touches on sexuality, but specifically because it urges us to find a flexibility in all the labels we put on ourselves. Ω
4 Bohemian dreams Jonathan Larson’s Rent was to the ’90s what Hamilton became to the early 21st century: A little-ish show that started off-Broadway, took the theater world by storm and then moved to Broadway, where it made show business history. Sadly, Larson died the night before it opened and never knew what a sensation his show became—a 12-year run on Broadway, several Tony awards and the Pulitzer prize for drama. Now it has come to the Davis Musical Theatre Company under the direction of John Ewing. It’s the emotional story of young artists and wannabes in Manhattan’s East Village as they search for love, inspiration and a place to live. It’s a bit dated in this age when AIDS is no longer an automatic death sentence, but when it was written, it was praised it for its affirmative representation of HIV-positive individuals. While there are many excellent performances, outstanding among them are Phillip Graves as Mark, a documentary filmmaker, and Ethan Mack as the drag queen Angel, who has AIDS and whose relationship with Collins (Kevin Borcz) is the most powerful in the show. We follow the group from one Christmas Eve to another. The beautiful “Seasons of Love” opens the second act and is a highlight of the evening, a poignant acknowledgment of the passage of time and evolution of emotion. Rent is a salute to the love of the characters for life and for each other and the need to live for the moment. —Bev SykeS rent: fri 8pm, sat 8pm, sun 2pm; through 7/7; $14-$18; Jean henderson Performing arts center, 607 Pena Drive in Davis; (530) 756-3682; dmtc.org.
Pride and joy
Jonnie reinhart’s here to celebrate being brave, open and honest about oneself.
We dance because we’re happy; we dance because we’re proud. And one day, we’ll dance because we’re equal. As Pride Month comes to an end, the Sacramento Contemporary Dance Theatre presents a one-night only reprise of its heroic program OUT. It’s an original two-act story on what it’s like to come out as LGBTQ. The first act features two families, one that supports their child’s coming out and one that doesn’t. The second act features LA-based drag queen Jonnie Reinhart as MC, and illustrates the joy and fellowship of being true to oneself and sharing in the LGBTQ community. Sun, 6/30, 6:30pm; Through 6/30; $20-$25; Sacramento Contemporary Dance Theatre at Cordova High School, 2239 Chase Drive in Rancho Cordova; (916) 759-2951; scdtheatre.org.
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Just look at that spread: Khao Soy (left), Laos Style Papaya Salad (right) and thick slices of Pork Lao Sausage. PHOTO BY IllYANNA MAISONET
Stay for the Khao Soy Khao Soy Thai House 6519 Savings Place; (916) 942-9605 Good for: Sharing meals with friends and family Notable dishes: laos Papaya Salad, Noodles
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As a teenager, I lived with my friends and their family who immigrated from Laos. I quickly developed a taste for all things sweet, spicy, salty and sour—flavor combinations that sent your brain into existentialism. We’re still friends 17 years later and I still don’t know peep about the region’s cuisine. So when I wanted to visit the Khao Soy Thai restaurant, I brought my friends along who do know. Khao Soy is owned by Nai Saetern, who is also the head cook. She can be seen in the back toiling behind oversized pots and stirring away at various broths. Her daughter, Abbey Saetern, works the front of the house effortlessly. Customer service is immaculate and this is their first restaurant. Before this, Nai worked at Cache Creek in 2009 when they moved to Sacramento from Alaska. After a year of revamping their location, it’s airy and spacious, but cozy and warm at the same time. The medium Pho Combination ($6.95) with extra noodles ($1), meatballs, sliced steak and tender beef tendon, was a generous amount, but we found the broth to be extremely bland. It didn’t matter how much lime, fish sauce, soy sauce, hoisin and Sriracha I put into it, I just couldn’t get that satisfying bone broth flavor. The Thai Style Papaya Salad ($7) was similar. Although they had what I suspect most 26
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A little sign inside this neighborhood restaurant reads: “Proudly serving Oak Park since 1986.” The whiting on the lunch special menu ($7) comes with your choice of side. The crispy coleslaw is a great pairing, and you automatically get a slice of cracked wheat bread and a tube of spicy hot sauce. As for the five pieces of Louisiana-style, cornmeal-fried whiting: They’re an orangeish golden brown and substantially crunchy. The flesh is buttery with some skin intact, almost melting in your mouth. A douse of hot sauce on top enhances this savory ocean-flavored treat. Want even more whiting next time? It’s $12.79 for the one-pound dinner portion. 3224 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. —mitCh barber
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gastronomes would describe as “clean flavors,” I couldn’t taste any distinctive flavor that got the saliva pockets going. The brawny chicken wings ($2 each) were heavily scored and on a stick, to promote quick and even cooking, and tasted like concentrated soy sauce. The Pork Lao Sausage ($3.50) could be spicier, but that floral lemongrass will have you hooked. For a nice combination, nestle a piece of the sausage inside of an indented ball of fragrant sticky rice. The Laos Style Papaya Salad ($7) was extremely flavorful, getting massive amounts of help from its homies, crab and shrimp paste. The medium Boat Noodles ($9.95) didn’t need the addition of anything other than some Sriracha for spice, the broth was so delicious and deep (probably from the liver). The crispy pork cracklings on top are a welcome respite from an otherwise repetitive soft texture, but eat them fast as they become chewy if you leave them in the broth. If you want pho, settle on the boat noodles. Fermented bean paste rides passenger and allows the tomatoes to have forefront acidity behind the wheel in the House Special Khao Soy ($6.95, medium). The roughly cut broad and flat rice noodles were a nice chewy addition. The pile of seasoned ground pork on top gets evenly dispersed as you mix it in with the grassy green onions, lemony cilantro and crunchy bean sprouts. While there’s love in these dishes, there’s also a bit of self-doubt in some. I can only hope that the Saeterns gain the same confidence to produce the dishes—and the flavors—that they possessed to make the journey from Alaska to this modest restaurant in a South Sacramento shopping plaza. Ω
Ice cream and lemonade is an unlikely combination, but Cowtown Creamery’s Frozen Lemonade Float ($9) is a brilliantly refreshing concoction. A tall cup of rich, creamy vanilla ice cream with frozen, crushed lemonade poured on top. It’s a tart spin on the traditional root beer float: sour, sweet and deliciously cold. It’s oddly reminiscent of a lemon meringue pie—but drinkable and frozen. It’s the kind of drink that perfectly fits in at the State Fair. You’ll just have to track down this food truck. cowtowncreamery.com. —Jeremy winsLow
Fully veganized comfort classics With the number of U.S. consumers identifying as vegan growing from 1% to 6% (that’s a 600% increase, folks) in recent years according to Forbes, it’s no surprise the Farm-to-Fork Capital has seen a surge in vegan popups. One of the new rising stars is Compassion Meals, which is run by vegan chef and fashion model, Nkoyo Adakama. Compassion Meals offers “American comfort classics with a creative vegan twist,” says Adakama, who is constantly creating new recipes. Some of her past events have served barbecue “ribs,” bac’n mac and cheese, Nashville hot chick’n and fried chick’n doughnut sandwiches. At her pop-up on June 29 from noon to 5 p.m. at Tower Brewing, Adakama will serve a fully
veganized original and nacho cheese fried chick’n concha sandwich. If you can’t make it, you can also buy her meals online at compassionmeals.com. Keep an eye on Adakama and her creations for Compassion Meals as she hints that big plans are coming soon. —CaroLine soto
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Where would we be without tomatoes? The majority of pizzas would crumble without their essential marinara foundation, and fast food fries without ketchup are a risky proposition. And imagine having no access to good squash, watermelon or pumpkin—that could put three different meals in jeopardy. All those foods owe a major debt to bumblebees, according to bee rescuer Daniel Schoenthal. Those fuzzy bees have special talents not shared by their honeybee brethren. Bumblebees have the advantage in size, allowing them to shake out heavier pollens. And their longer tongues help them reach deeper honey pots in herbs and plants such as lavender. “Some greenhouse crops now are 100% pollinated by introduced bumblebees,” Schoenthal says. “You can order them over the internet. Tomatoes, peppers, these are crucial.” Schoenthal, who runs the Orangevale-based bee rescue service Blue Green Horizons, says bumblebees can nearly guarantee that every flower on a tomato plant
gets pollinated, with roughly an 85% success rate. For honeybees, it’s only a 15% chance. But there’s a catch: Bumblebees need early access to nectar, ideally as soon as February and March, so queen bees can start hives. That pre-spring food can be found in dandelions and pansies. Schoenthal says one bumblebee will need thousands of flowers over several months for the proper amount of food. “They need carbohydrates for fuel, just like you do … but then they need pollen for protein for the babies,” Schoenthal says. Schoenthal believes the last two years have been good to Sacramentoarea bee populations in the short term, following the drought. But long-term problems such as pesticides and a lack of native forage are still present. You can add an unbalanced diet to the list of concerns, according to a recent study from UC Riverside. The study found that “a loss of floral resource abundance and diversity” is one of the biggest threats to wild bumblebees across the globe. According to UC Riverside’s online news page, study leader Hollis
Woodard said there’s at least one endangered species of bumblebee, and four species from California are “being considered for state listing.” Lynn Kimsey, an entomology professor for at UC Davis, says she hasn’t seen any bumblebees on the campus in two years. “One of the things that’s become very popular now is covering exposed soil … with chipped wood,” Kimsey says. “It’s probably one of the single worst things you could do for ground nesting wasps and bees … because they can’t get through the wood chips to get to the soil to dig their nest.” Kimsey suggests planting a variety of native flowering plants to provide pollen and nectar for bees. “They need a diversity just like we do,” Kimsey says. “If all you ate was hamburger every day, you’d have a problem.” Schoenthal says people can make a positive change for bees in public areas by planting clovers and cutting back on mowing to preserve weeds. “Perhaps the best thing we can do is really recognize the whole complete picture,” Schoenthal says. Ω
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MUSIC THURSDAY, 6/27 HOt CitY: Coinciding with the hotness of the city of Sacramento, Hot City jazz band will keep the music and flow as hot—if not twice as hot—as a hair dryer on full blast. 9pm, no cover. Shady Lady, 1409 R St.
MOtOsHi KOsaKO: Motoshi Kosako plays jazz, but his instrument of choice is the harp. He improvises, composes and creates music from the string instrument. Now he’s bringing the plucking to the Crocker for a night of harping. 5:30pm, $20. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St.
ORanGe sunsHine: Rock has a name, and
Grab your docs and get ready to rummage.
depending on your geographic location, it could be karst, granite, slate or something else. In this case, the names of the rock include Orange Sunshine, Keith Anthony Gray, the Bad Barnacles, Dead Meds and more. Join in the fun. 6pm, $13. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.
FRIDAY, 6/28 BlueFaCe: The rapper seemingly endorsed by Benjamin Franklin is coming to town. He’s from Los Angeles and is going to perform plenty of songs. 7pm, $60. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.
Punk rock bargains
COnCeRts in tHe PaRK: Another week, another
Cafe Colonial, noon, $3 What’s more punk rock than a flea market? Not much, except for going to punk shows and listening to punk rock. Festivals Second to those is the flea market, and this weekend you can attend one at the Sacramento Punk Rock Flea Market. If you show up, you’ll not only find local vendors selling their artwork, knick-knacks and handmade goods, you’ll also step into a punk-rock musical haven.
With performances from Sanity Aisle, the Almanac, Cheap Dope, Jib and many more, there will clearly be music. There’s food and drink available, and lots of vintage sellers sharing their collections with you. You never know what you may find, and the entire event benefits Cafe Colonial and the family of a late PyratePunx member. 3520 Stockton Boulevard, hannahchamber.com/sprfm.
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free concert at the end of it. Congrats on making it to Friday—come celebrate at Cesar Chavez Plaza with So Much Light, me&you, Animals in the Attic and more. There’s food and drinks and whatnot, along with art and vendors just waiting to sell you your dream merch. 5pm, no cover. Cesar Chavez Plaza, 910 I St.
COuntRY at tHe QuaRRY: The quarry isn’t just for busting rocks and harvesting granite anymore! In fact, it’s no longer for that. Instead, it’s for fun and entertainment, including country music from Rodney Atkins. Show up and get some of that sweet, sweet country music, including such themes as “country living,” “daily life” and other fun. Seriously though, every single Rodney Atkins song sounds like a parody of country music. 6:30pm, $32-$120. Platinum Living Amphitheater At Quarry Park, 4060 Rocklin Road in Rocklin.
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REO SPEEDWAgON They’re joined
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KEN JEONg The funny comedian and
actor fresh off an appearance in Crazy Rich Asians is coming to do stand-up, and he’ll be joined by Joel McHale.
8/25, 7:30pm, $43.95-$89.95, on sale now.
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RINgO STARR He may get by with a little help from his friends, but he only fills seats if you buy tickets! Join Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band as they perform their guts
out on stage. 8/30, 7:30pm, $52.95-$92.95, on sale now. Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, ticketmaster.com.
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reaper, just get a ticket to the band that played a song that had that line in it. 12/8, 7pm, $25-$40, on sale now. Jackson Casino, tickets. vendini.com.
free, the company is also free. The only thing that’ll cost you anything is if you decide to buy a banana split after the show. Get chopped almonds on it! 7pm, no cover. John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st St. in Davis.
eaZY DuB: Head over to cider town and have a cider while enjoying the easy reggae music of Eazy Dub. They’ll be joined by Delta Nine—and by you, if you decide to run up on stage and start singing an original piece you wrote when you were in a weird place. 6pm, no cover. Two Rivers Cider, 4311 Attawa Ave., Suite 300.
GuitaR MasteRs: Different folks are masters at different things. Some have mastery in the surgery department, while others still have put their 10,000 hours into kendama. Andy McKee, Trevor Gordon Hall and Calum Graham are masters of the guitar, and you can be a master of watching masters
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play guitar at this show. 7pm, $40. Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts, 2700 Capitol Ave.
lil JOn: Lil Jon is putting on a li’l show at The Park Ultra Lounge. Catch the often sunglass-clad rapper as he spins a DJ set. 9:30pm, $17-$20. The Park, 1116 15th St.
neW POlitiCs: They put the “music” in “this band will be playing some music,” they had a hit in 2013 with their song “Harlem,” and they’ll be performing in Sacramento on Friday—but you already knew that. Half the Animal will also perform. 7pm, $25$27.50. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.
SATURDAY, 6/29 an eveninG WitH tHe HiGGs anD lOve MisCHieF: The rock is psychedelic, the musical guests are jamming and the venue is incubating music. Show up and spend a deeply intimate evening with these bands. 7pm, $20-$45. The Rink Studios, 1031 Del Paso Blvd.
KHaliD: The singer-songwriter is coming to the Downtown Commons on tour for his album Free Spirit. Catch him, the music, the general atmosphere of the show, the vendable comestibles and more. 7:30pm, $56.39-$160. Golden 1 Center, 500 David J Stern Walk.
CHase atlantiC: They’re on their Phases tour, but don’t worry, it’s just something Chase Atlantic is going through at the moment. Catch the pop band from Australia. It’s upside-down there, so they may fall a lot while here. 7pm, $28. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.
PaRaGOn RaGtiMe ORCHestRa: To quote their press spiel, “The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra is the world’s only year-round, professional ensemble specializing in the authentic recreation of ‘America’s Original Music,’” which is why you should consider giving the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra a few minutes of your time. 7:30pm, $30. State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way in Auburn.
SUNDAY, 6/30 BOB lOG iii: Catch the only show that promises a helmet, a telephone and a one-man band—it’s Bob Log III, formerly of Doo Rag, performing. 9pm, $12-$14. Blue Lamp, 1400 Alhambra Blvd.
MusiC in tHe PaRK: Join the rest of the people who come to Curtis Park for this show and listen to the music of Sang Matiz. It’s AfroLatin punk music in a green setting, so bring your white jeans and get a grass stain on them. Mister Cooper will also perform. 6pm, no cover. Curtis Park, 3349 W. Curtis Drive.
TUESDAY, 7/2 HOt tuna aCOustiC: If you bring a cold tunaand-cheese sandwich, by the time Hot Tuna lays down the blues, that sandwich will turn into a tuna melt. Catch the fishy band born out of Jefferson Airplane. 7:30pm, $38$68. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.
FRIDAY, 6/28-SATURDAY, 6/29 Summer Solstice Film Festival Sol ColleCtive, 6pm, no Cover
As the summer kicks into full swing and fresh indignities come to light at the border, as the U.S. government targets people who have lived their whole lives here, as it maintains detention camps for migrants, come take in this free film festival at Sol Collective. It lifts up the voices of indigenous people from all over the world through a FILM series of free documentaries. Show up and watch Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess, Heenetiineyoo3eihiiho’ and more, and honor the stories of native people the world over. 2574 21st Street, facebook.com/thedecolonizationproject/ events.
FESTIVALS SATURDAY, 6/29 POPUP FOR A CAUSE AT WELLSPRING WOMEN’S CENTER: Join in the pop-up fun at the Wellspring Women’s Center. There will be food, shopping, art, woman-owned businesses and plenty more to see and do. If you want books, they’ve got books. Raffles? Those also are there. Wow—should you go? 9am, no cover. Wellspring Women’s Center, 3414 4th Ave.
PULL UP A CHAIR! EXPO: As featured in last week’s 15 Minutes feature, this exposition puts you in a room full of other tabletop gaming enthusiasts. You’ll play some games, participate in some workshops, talk to some like-minded or love-minded people, all while having a beer, two beers or three beers from Yolo Brewing Co. 2pm, $20-$30. Yolo Brewing Co., 1520 Terminal St. in West Sacramento.
REMADE ECO MARKET: You can buy new things anywhere in the world, online in countless places and from most stores—but what if you want something with a little more mileage? Join UpcyclePop for their Remade Eco Market that features all kinds of goods being made from previous goods. You’ll see live demos, live music, cool art and more. Show up and stop throwing away perfectly good things. And quit buying imperfect new things. 11am, no cover. Upcyclepop, 1020 Front St.
UPTOWN MARKET ON THE BOULEVARD: Makers’ market. You can show up if you’re not a maker though. Buy their stuff. Noon, no cover. Uptown Market, 1409 Del Paso Blvd.
SUNDAY, 6/30 SACRAMENTO PUNK ROCK FLEA MARKET: Check out the event highlight for this punk rock flea market on page 30. You’ll have a “rocking” good time—get it? Noon, $3. Cafe Colonial, 3520 Stockton Blvd.
FOOD & DRINK FRIDAY, 6/28 TAHOE PARK FOOD TRUCK MANIA: Are you manic for food trucks? Then this food truck gathering may be the prescription for you. Join in the fun as Tahoe Park gets a food truck makeover and food starts pouring out of car windows at an inconceivable rate. Onlookers will gasp, point and avert their collective gaze as the edible goods swell and find their homes in the bellies of contented customers, which also swell. 5pm, no cover. Tahoe Park, 3501 59th St.
SUNDAY, 6/30 KARS AND K9’S CAR SHOW: Cars meet dogs at this event benefiting retired police K9s. Check out some vehicles and spend some time at Dreaming Dog Brewery. Noon, $15-$20. Dreaming Dog Brewery, 2501 West Taron Court in Elk Grove.
ONE NIGHT IN CHIANG MAI: You don’t have to go to Thailand. You don’t. But if you feel like getting a Thailand experience, check out this tribute to the food of Chiang Mai with Christopher Fairman and Adam Pechal. You’ll have some food, have some Thai beer, enjoy a spring roll, talk and have a good time. 7pm, $35. The Shack, 5201 Folsom Blvd.
FILM FRIDAY, 6/28 SUMMER SOLSTICE FILM FESTIVAL: Want to celebrate the summer solstice, now passed? Join Sol Collective for a selection of films sharing stories from indigenous communities the world over. Check out the highlight above for even more details. 6pm, no cover. Sol Collective, 2574 21st St.
POTTERFEST HARRY POTTER MOVIE NIGHTS: The penultimate Potter portent is pulling into Platform Nine-and-Three-JackrabbitBrewing-Company. Show up and watch the first half on the last installment of the wizardly franchise. 7pm, no cover. Jackrabbit Brewing Co., 1323 Terminal St. in West Sacramento.
now he’s going to do some comedy at Tommy T’s. Thursday 6/27, 7:30pm. $20. 12401 Folsom Blvd. in Rancho Cordova.
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in yourself, you can do anything you put your mind to. If you believe in going to comedy shows, you can check out the comedian who is quickly becoming one of the funniest Regans performing today. Thursday 6/27, 7:30pm. $55-$67.50. 1013 K St.
PUNCH LINE: Samuel J. Comroe. Catch the funny comedian and good Twitter user Samuel J. Comroe as he makes a splash in Sacramento, just a stone’s throw away from the American River and Raging Waters at Cal Expo. Raging Waters: Get your slide on! You might remember Comroe from America’s Got Talent. Through 6/30. $22.50. 2100 Arden Way, Suite 225.
STAB! COMEDY THEATER: The Apple Tree Comedy Competition. Apples and comedy go together like pears and stage productions. Come check it out as two comedians duke it out with comedy and attempt to force judges to drop apples that they’ve agreed to hold in their mouths. Friday 6/28, 9pm. $7. 1710 Broadway.
THREE PENNY THEATER: Actors Workshop of Sacramento Comedy One Act Festival. Are you ready to laugh until you’re terribly upset at all the laughter you’ve been doing? Consult a therapist about that, then come to this comedic one-act festival. It’s like sketches but with more staging. Through 7/7. $20. 1723 25th St.
THUNDER VALLEY CASINO: Aziz Ansari Road To Nowhere. Catch Aziz Ansari as he stops in to perform on his Road To Nowhere tour. Saturday 6/29, 8pm. $49.95-$84.95. 1200 Athens Ave. in Lincoln.
TOMMY T’S COMEDY CLUB: Hank Hardister. He’s a comedian, a producer, a radio host and
plenty of opportunities to take in the story of Viola, Duke Orsino and misunderstandings. Check out this one—or another one. Through 7/27. $20. 3835 Freeport Blvd.
Library hosts this close encounter with the third kind—non-native animals, that is! There will also be native animals, and all the animals will be hanging out while you learn things about them. Register in advance, and get ready to have a truly “wild” time. Get it? Saturday 6/29, 10am. No cover. 350 Nevada St. in Auburn.
BIG IDEA THEATRE: Jasper. Grab your pants, your shirt, your opera glasses, your wallet, your keys, your to-go coffee cup from earlier and head on over to Big Idea Theatre to check out Jasper. It concerns the exploits of a man having a tough time, and his invisible friend. The play is by a Sacramento playwright and will remind you to laugh, love and loathe again. Remember to put those clothes on before you show up. Through 7/11. $12. 1616 Del Paso Blvd.
of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]. With all of Shakespeare’s works squished down into one play, you’ll also get some sweet Twelfth Night action if you prefer to see it shortened a lot. Through 7/7. $15. 8215 Auburn Blvd., Suite G in Citrus Heights.
THE AUDITORIUM AT CLARA: Stories on Stage Sacramento. Stories aren’t just for books anymore—now you can get the best tales around read out loud to you. Join Stories on Stage Sacramento as they spend some time with the work of Maggie Shen King and Scott Alumbaugh. Friday 6/28, 7:30pm. $10. 1425 24th St.
ART CASA DE ESPAÑOL: Chilean Watercolor Exhibit. Watercolor is heading to the R Street Corridor in the form of Chilean watercolorist Constanza Domínguez’s watercolor paintings. She’ll be here to share some details on June 29 at 5 p.m. and on July 13 at 5:30 p.m. Through 7/13. No cover. 1101 R St.
CAPITAL STAGE: The Roommate. Roommates— they sure are a source of countless hours of entertainment. One roommate is the subject of this play, a dark comedy that deals in secrets, shadowy desires and mixing things up in your life. Through 7/21. $22-$47. 2215 J St.
KENNEDY GALLERY: Spirit Nation Celebrating Our Native Culture. Check out this exhibit at Kennedy Gallery honoring the native people from the Sacramento Valley, and check out our story on it on page 20. Through 7/6. No cover. 1931 L St.
HARLOW’S: The 3rd Annual Booty Worship w/ the Darling Clementines. The Darling Clementines are at it again—this time with another installment of Booty Worship. That’s right, come to the cabaret, old chum, and check out a performance from the energetic and never un-entertaining Darling Clementines. Sunday 6/30, 7pm. $15$20. 2708 J St.
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ROSEVILLE THEATRE ARTS ACADEMY: Twelfth Night. Time to check out the Shakespeare comedy with a little help from Roseville Theatre Arts Academy. You’ll laugh and laugh as the Bard’s work gets a twist—it’s set in Hawaii. Through 6/30. $17. 241 Vernon St. in Roseville.
Movie Night Back to the Future 2. Check out the time-traveling fun at the California Automobile Museum, featured on page 32, which is the page that immediately follows the one you’re currently on. Friday 6/28, 8:30pm. $30. 2200 Front St.
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SACRAMENTO CITY COLLEGE MAIN AUDITORIUM: Twelfth Night. Didn’t get enough of Twelfth Night in Roseville? Don’t sweat it, you’ve got
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THE SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL: Catch the final night of the Sacramento French Film Festival. If you missed every other day, don’t worry, because this day still hasn’t passed yet. You’ll see In Safe Hands, also known as Pupille in the French dialect. 6:30pm, $16-$17. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.
MONDAY, 7/1 FILM APPRECIATION—FILM NOIR: Have you been wanting to start appreciating film—finally— but you can’t seem to figure it out on your own? That’s probably because you didn’t study film in school, which makes you way less qualified to appreciate it. Don’t worry though, other people went to school for film, and you can pay them to tell you how to appreciate film noir, in this case. 6pm, $150. Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S St.
COMEDY CREST THEATRE: Brian Regan. If you believe his website, Brian Regan is one of the best comedians performing today. If you believe
Storing Fruits and Vegetables for Better Taste Shepard Garden and artS Center, 7pm, no Cover
Did you know that the way you’re storing your fruits and vegetables may be ruining them? Join Jim Thompson as he walks you through the ins, outs and in-betweens of how you should be storing your plant-based foods. You’ll talk about fridges, MUSIC about heat, about fruit pairings and then, the most anticipated moment of the evening—common misconceptions about how to store your fruits and vegetables. A delightful evening. 3330 McKinley Boulevard, sacramentoperennialplantclub.org/1749-2.
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as a Business Venture. It’s about time to learn about the money behind the Transcontinental Railroad. Come to this lecture to get even more details than you thought you needed. Thursday 6/27, 7pm. $7-$14. 111 I St.
SACRAMENTO HISTORY MUSEUM: A Page in Time Book Fair. Join the Sacramento History Museum as it brings 10 local authors to one place in a book fair that will leave guests reeling from the history. Saturday 6/29, noon. $5-$8. 101 I St.
SPORTS & OUTDOORS SATURDAY, 6/29 FLOURISH FARM U-PICK FLOWER SALES: Pick some flowers, pay for them, then take them home and put them on your table or next to your bed, but not on the floor near your fridge or adjacent to a window. It’s a youpick event at this urban flower farm. 9am, no cover. Flourish Farm, 317 5th St. in West Sacramento.
TAKE ACTION MONDAY, 7/1 NBA SUMMER LEAGUE FOR A CAUSE + NETWORKING MIXER: Catch this summer league day that benefits Project Optimism’s mentorship programs. 5pm, $25-$40. Golden 1 Center, 500 David J Stern Walk.
CLASSES THURSDAY, 6/27 STORING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES FOR BETTER TASTE: Check out the event highlight on page 31 for this free class on keeping your fruits and vegetables working hard for your taste
Drive-in Movie Night: Back to the Future Part II California automobile museum, 7:30pm, $5-$30
The last time you went to the Auto Museum—in the past—you interacted with a car that changed the future! Now you’ve got to head back to the museum— on Friday—to watch a movie about time travel to figure out what MUSEUMS you have to do to make the future right again! Anyway, buy a ticket to sit in your car and watch Back to the Future Part II at this drive-in event, or just pay to sit in a camping chair under the stars and watch the time-travel flick. 2200 Front Street, calautomuseum.org/drive-in.
buds. 7pm, no cover. Shepard Garden and Art Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd.
FRIDAY, 6/28 VINYASA AT THE BALLET: Want to do yoga in the same place that people do ballet? This is your chance to join Steve Tiller from Good Elephant to get your vinyasa flow on. 4:30pm, $10. Sacramento Ballet at CLARA, 2420 N St.
SATURDAY, 6/29 CHEESEMAKING: Do you like Gouda? Gouda likes you, and it likes to be made. If you’d like to bring more Gouda into the world from the comfort of your own home, join this class on making the Dutch cheese. 10am, $30. Scratch Made Life Kitchen (Kim’s), 4932 Shady Leaf Way.
HERBAL INCENSE WORKSHOP: Ever smell some incense and think to yourself, “I wish I knew how to make my own incense, but I lack the basic understanding of how it’s done and refuse to look it up online,”? If so, come to this workshop that will walk you through the basics of making incense, and you’ll leave with 10 incenses that you made. 2pm, $25. Broad Room, 2311 S St.
INDIGENOUS ART: Join the Colonial Heights Library for a family-focused paint session. You’ll learn about indigenous cultures’ art and some of their history from Bobby. Registration required. 10am, no cover. Colonial Heights Library, 4799 Stockton Blvd.
OPTIMUM OPOSSUM: What’s an opossum? Is it like a rat? Not really—come learn about them from some experts instead of from a jaded Calendar editor at SN&R. 10:30am, no cover. Effie Yeaw Nature Center, 2850 San Lorenzo Way in Carmichael.
WATERCOLOR BIRCH TREES WORKSHOP: Want to get a new lease on your watercolor painting skills? Join this class on watercoloring birch trees. You’ll be the belle of your own personal birch trees watercolor club after you take this workshop. Register in advance. 3pm, $40. Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St.
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californians had high hopes that cannabis legalization would help the environment, boost the economy and reduce violence linked to drug trafficking. However, as farmers grapple with new regulations and as the industry opens up to investment and automation, that high appears to be fading. The first people left behind were the trimmers, workers who would normally be hired to cut excess leaves off cannabis nugs and prepare them for sale. “I only found a few jobs this season. It’s been really devastating for me. Like I now work at Taco Bell, where usually I’d be helping grow cannabis right now,” said Leilani, a resident of Santa Cruz County who has worked as a cannabis trimmer for
nearly a decade. (Because of her work in the illicit cannabis industry, SN&R withheld her last name.) Leilani said that she used to trim 3 pounds a day and make $250 per pound, but lately she’s taken as little as $80 a pound. Leilani also said that the cultivators she used to work for are no longer making enough to afford trimmers, so they are either trimming themselves or turning to machines. “It seemed like something that was usually a guarantee, turned into, ‘Oh, we have a trim machine now, so we don’t even need any workers,’” she said. At 20 years old, Leilani is still too young to work for a legal grow, but she remains determined to work with cannabis in the future. For those who do manage to find trim work on the legal market, the
money isn’t bad. Pollen McIntosh makes $25 an hour at a legal grow in Moss Landing in Monterey County. But she said the business she works at now incorporated the use of trim machines in its pitch to investors. “What I heard is that investors want to know that there’s the proper technology on board,” McIntosh said. “So they introduced the trim machine into this indoor [grow] that I’m at, and we all feel this slight animosity toward it, obviously.” McIntosh said the buds still require a careful and extensive clean-up process, and she doesn’t believe the trim machine has saved any additional time—or money. She recalled that she noticed the first wave of trim machines arrive in Oregon, shortly after legalization passed there in 2015.
“It was really sad because it takes off the tricombs and little hairs, and it kind of like tears up the pot,” McIntosh said. McIntosh added that growers couldn’t pay the trimmers anymore because the price of cannabis had plummeted to as low as $400 per pound compared to a minimum of $1,000 per pound at its peak. The plummeting prices hit no other region harder than the Emerald Triangle, which is comprised of Mendocino, Trinity and Humboldt counties. Joey Burger, operator of Trim Scene Solutions, a company in Redway that specializes in commercial and small-scale machinery, said at first it was nice seeing fewer trimmers travel through town because “things were getting out of control.” He said automation is a necessity for growers to survive new state regulations, as well as new capital from investors to a handful of companies so they can sell at lower costs. “This community was made up of 10,000 farmers, and regulation has literally wiped it out,” Burger said. “Businesses are closing left and right. A town that used to be thriving with activity is now a bunch of empty storefronts. It’s like watching a loved one die in front of you.” Overall, Humboldt County is projecting a 5% drop in sales tax revenue, according to deputy county administrator Sean Quincey. The two industries most affected are automotive sales and agriculture supply stores, which include the gardening stores that supply cultivators. “trimming by robot” continued on page 39
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architectural plans that complied with the city’s urban design standards. Even when farmers do survive “It looks like it’s rebounded a bit, but regulations, they still have to find a we’re waiting for information to come in dispensary to sell to and a buyer to pay to get a clearer picture,” Quincey said. for it, which Burger said has become a Beginning in 2017, Humboldt County rigged game. began using satellites to spot unlicensed “They’re having to compete with cannabis grows and issue fines and companies who have hundreds of millions abatement letters. Quincey told SN&R of dollars” and that are “literally paying he could not comment on the abatement to get shelf space in dispensaries,” he letters. said. “They’re selling cannabis at a loss, Burger said many of his customers also, just so they can say, ‘Hey we’re the report being fined $10,000 per violation number one flower brand in California,’ per day for issues such as improper and raise more money.” fencing and road repair. Growers have 10 “That’s the whole game, is just raising days to either shut down their operation money. It’s all smoke and mirrors to look completely, or contest the fine. like they’re successful.” “A lot of people up here just walked Companies bidding for shelf space is away from their land after they got these not new. It happens in grocery stores, and letters,” he said. Bricken said it crossed over to cannabis Quincey said he hopes a new county as the market grew more competitive. program called Project Trellis can help “If you’re buying up shelf space and independent growers. “Our grants and also paying a fee to exclude competiloans program really aims at helping out tion, or if you’re going to make sure my the small cultivator because the small competition is way out of sight, that’s cultivator has limited means,” potentially anti-competitive,” he said. “They often have she said. limited experience and Bricken said she limited technical “Investors want believes state experience, just regulators may be to know that there’s knowledge on more interested things like the proper technology on in licensing accounting and board. So they introduced the and getting payroll, so people into the trim machine into this indoor that’s what our marketplace than reinvestment [grow] that I’m at, and we all feel investigating program is really this slight animosity toward it, anti-competitive centered on.” conduct. obviously.” Project Trellis SN&R reached includes an equity Pollen McIntosh out to the state program to help processor and trimmer Bureau of Cannabis people hurt by the Control, but it declined war on drugs, including to comment on whether cannabis arrests prior to it currently enforces or has legalization. “We want to help those enforced any regulations against antipeople who have been affected get back competitive conduct within the cannabis on their feet and get a strong foothold on industry since its legalization, specifically the market,” Quincey said. when companies are selling below cost Cannabis regulations vary depending and buying shelf space. on the locality, according to business While legalization was meant to end lawyer Hilary Bricken, who has advised violence and environmental damage of clients in the cannabis industry for 10 illegal cannabis operations, Burger said years. Some cities are creating barriers because outdoor grows are so easy to spot to keep out “criminals” and protect via satellite, the new regulations have neighborhoods, and using different tools forced a lot of people indoors, and back to go after unlicensed growers. For onto the black market. example, the city of Pasadena largely “The only licensed farmers I know ignored individual growers and targeted that are surviving right now are funneling landlords, penalizing them and even everything into the black market,” he said. shutting down their utilities. In West “That’s the only way they’re surviving.” Ω Hollywood, officials only approved “trimming by robot” continued from page 37
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July 10 is coming up, and #710 is the hashtag of choice for the folks who like to smoke dabs, concentrates, hash oils and whatnot. Why? Because “710” upside down and backwards is “OIL.” Clearly stoners are prone to making weird observations, and even more creative when it comes to coming up with a good excuse to smoke weed all day. I also suggest that we claim Nov. 30 as “Danksgiving” (420 plus 710, get it?) and use it as an excuse to hand out cannabisthemed gifts to all of our stoner friends. Perhaps people could host “potluck” dinners. But yeah, July 10 is on the way, and I am sure your favorite dispensary will be running specials on all your favorite vapes, dabs and shatters. Enjoy yourself.
Are we ever gonna get cannabis legalization at the federal level?
Who can say? The feds are slow and capricious. But there is some good news: The U.S. House just passed (by a bipartisan vote of 267-155) a budget amendment sponsored by Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, a longtime congressional cannabis activist, that would prohibit the federal government from interfering in state-regulated cannabis programs, be they medical or recreational. This is great news, and I hope it passes the Senate and gets signed into law. Currently, 25% of the U.S. population lives in a state that allows some form of legalized cannabis consumption. If New York would manage to get it together and pass an adult-use legalization law, that percentage could get even higher. The N.Y. legislature failed
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What are you smoking and enjoying lately?
I just got back from the Oregon Hempfest, so I have been on some Oregon outdoor. I smoked some Quantum Kush, an OG Kush variant that I really enjoyed, and my homie had some Green Banana Crack that was pretty good, although it maybe hadn’t been cured as well as I would’ve liked. As August comes around, the outdoor farms are gonna start to run out of product, so if you are a fan of the sungrown weeds, it would behoove you to hit the clubs forthwith. Godspeed. Ω IllustratIon by Kate MItrano
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